The Finer Points of Korea’s Drinking Culture

photo by riNux.

THERE IS NO BAR TIME in Seoul. Evenings tumble forth endlessly in the city while citizens enjoy copious amounts of beer and soju — or, more recently, wine and cocktails. From the late-night alleyway restaurants to the posh clubs of the Apgu district, drunken nights are part of the culture: they seal business deals, solidify friendships, and leave you with the kind of memories you hope won’t be forgotten in the morning.

But for all that drinking is in South Korea, it isn’t sloppy. There are rules to be observed, which, if broken, will put you on the wrong side of Korean notions about respect — or at least get you funny looks. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the blurry world of Korean drinking culture …

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